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Virtual Conference Explores New Frontiers in Language Learning

March 20th, 2008 | Category: Conferences, Education, Languages, Teaching

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Barcelona, Spain, 20 March 2008 - - SLanguages 2008 is a 24-hour multilingual conference to celebrate and investigate the use of 3D virtual worlds for language education. The event will be held in Second Life on 23-24 May 2008…

SLanguages 2008 is a 24 hour multilingual conference to celebrate and investigate the use of 3D virtual worlds for language education. The conference will be held within Second Life allowing the participants to exchange ideas and share experiences simultaneously around the world. The online conference is free to attend and includes talks, workshops, discussions and posters on language education using virtual worlds such as Second Life. The events will cover methodologies, teaching tools and experiences.

Second Life is a 3D virtual world that has attracted over 12 million residents worldwide and has become a mainstream phenomenon for education, business and entertainment. Throughout 2007 Second Life has become an important tool for language learning with many universities using the 3D world for language tuition, including Michigan State University and the University of Southampton. “Interest in using Second Life for education has increased exponentially over the last year” says Second Life educational consultant Gavin Dudeney, author of The Internet and the Language Classroom, Longman 2007.

The event is an opportunity for those new to virtual language teaching to learn about the opportunities virtual worlds offer. The conference also allows experienced language educators to share experiences and ideas. “3D virtual worlds such as Second Life offer a unique form of immersive learning not found elsewhere. The SLanguages 2008 conference is the perfect opportunity to see the recent developments in this area and to meet those involved in truly innovative educational projects” says Graham Stanley, who has established the British Council’s ‘Learn English Second Life for Teens’.

SLanguages 2008 will be hosted within Second Life on the tropical “EduNation” islands owned by The Consultants-E. The conference starts 10am (PST) Friday 23 May and ends 10am (PST) Saturday 24 May. The seminars will continue to also reach a much wider audience through archives of the event on the website.

To register for the conference or for further information, please contact Gavin Dudeney of The Consultants-E or visit the website

The Consultants-E is an educational consultancy company specialising in online education, offering tailored consultancy in technology for education. Their consultants assist companies and educational institutions to integrate innovative technologies into their teaching practices. The company also offers courses in e-learning tools such as Second Life, wikis, podcasts and Moodle. The Consultants-E own and run three private islands in Second Life that foster education and training.

Gavin Dudeney
The Consultants-E
c/ Cerámica 54
08035 Barcelona
Dudeney Ge (Avatar in Second Life)

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Stanford University to Host Metaverse U Conference

February 02nd, 2008 | Category: Conferences, Press release

From the Press Release “Stanford University to host Metaverse U conference February 16th and 17th Public invited to join top virtual community minds in dialogue about Virtual World and Second Life issues”:

On Saturday, February 16th and Sunday, February 17th, 2008, Stanford University, in conjunction with the Stanford Humanities Lab, will host the Metaverse U conference. Technology leaders, artists and academics will come together and exchange ideas in a public forum, about the hot topics of virtual worlds and Second Life. Conference highlights will include virtual art galleries and a Saturday afternoon panel discussion with three of the leading thinkers on virtual communities: Howard Rheingold, Cory Ondrejka and Raph Koster. Metaverse U aims to challenge traditional conference models with collaborative and inclusive opportunities for participants, both virtual and corporeal.

“Virtual worlds have garnered tremendous interest since their recent proliferation, both in the media and in academia. Given Stanford University’s prime location in the heart of Silicon Valley, we think the time has come to explore the cultural, technological, legal, and economic issues surrounding virtual worlds.” Henry Lowood, Metaverse U conference organizer and curator for history of science & technology collections and film & media collections in the Stanford University Libraries

Discounted advance admission rates, (corporate $400, academic $200, student $100), are available through February 11. Registrants will have access to all conference activities, including networking events, and lunch on both days. Tickets will be sold at the door for $500 (cash only) and no student or academic discounts will apply.

To ensure that its impact extends well beyond the actual conference, video from Metaverse U will be streamed live to the web, free of charge. After the conference, these videos will be archived and made available on a Stanford University website, to become part of a global conversation on virtual worlds.

Metaverse U falls between two other major events in the Bay Area: the next Metaverse Roadmap workshop, hosted at Stanford University on Friday, February 15th, as well as the 2008 Game Developers Conference that starts on Monday, February 18th. Accordingly, seasoned academics, journalists, and industry leaders in both virtual worlds and games will be flooding the Bay Area.

Sampling of participants:
Jeremy Bailenson (Stanford)
Jon Brouchoud (Wikitecture)
Beth Coleman (MIT)
Parvati Dev (Innovation in Learning)
Wagner James Au (New World Notes)
Brewster Kahle (The Internet Archive)
Raph Koster (Metaplace)
Daniel Huebner
Kari Kraus (University of Maryland)
Rob Lanphier (Linden Lab)
Mike Liebhold (Institute for the Future)
Howard Rheingold
Rebecca Moore (Google Earth)
Jerry Paffendorf (Wello)
Byron Reeves (Stanford & Seriosity)
Christian Renaud (Cisco)
Jeffrey T. Schnapp (Stanford)
Reuben Steiger (Millions of Us)


Metaverse U homepage:

Conference Schedule:

Koster, Ondrejka & Rheingo profiles:


Corrie Goldman, Stanford Humanities Outreach Officer
Office (650) 724-8156 or

Henrik Bennetsen, Metaverse U Conference Chair

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EDUCAUSE Conference Hot Topics Discussion on Virtual Worlds

October 23rd, 2007 | Category: Conferences, Discussion, Education, Teaching, Virtual Worlds

What: EDUCAUSE Conference Hot Topics Discussion on Virtual Worlds

When: Thursday October 25, 2007 12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m

Where: Annenberg Island in Second Life

Description: As part of this year’s EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Seattle, there will be a Hot Topic Discussion on Virtual Worlds which will bring together those who want to discuss how virtual learning environments impact all facets of the institution. We are excited to announce that this years Hot Topic Discussion will be simulcast into Second Life.

Second Life URL.

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What Are Kids Learning in Virtual Worlds?

October 23rd, 2007 | Category: Conferences, Education, Teaching, Virtual Worlds

Here is another real life event about virtual worlds, this one is in Southern California at the University of Southern California.

What: What Are Kids Learning in Virtual Worlds? The wonders and the worries.

When: Wednesday, November 14th, 6:00 p.m

Where: Davidson Conference Center, University of Southern California

Description: Club Penguin, Whyville, The Sims, Second Life.
You’ve heard these names, what do they mean for kids?
Hear from a panel of experts as they discuss:

What are kids really doing in virtual worlds? How are they learning? What does this mean for parents and educators?

A MacArthur Foundation/Common Sense Media Forum on Wednesday, November 14th at the Davidson Conference Center, University of Southern California, 5:30 Registration, 6:00-7:00 Panel Discussion, and 7:00-8:00 Reception and Tour of Virtual Worlds.

Featured Panel Participants: Introductory Remarks Julia Stasch, Anastasia Goodstein, Doug Thomas, Associate Professor, Yasmin B. Kafai, Associate Professor, Barry Joseph Director of Global Kids Inc and Moderated by Jim Steyer Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media.

To register: Registration is free, space is limited. Register before November 1 for complimentary event parking. We look forward to seeing you there!

Popularity: 8%

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View 2007 Press Conference

October 09th, 2007 | Category: Conferences, Design, Press

What: View 2007 Press Conference

When: Oct 9, 2007 1:00 am - 2:00 am (Tuesday)

Where: ISN Business Park Second Life

Tags: Education ISN Business Park Kaia Nishi Second Life

Description: View Conference is an international event bringing together various digital industries, including Digital Cinema, Automotive Design, Virtual Reality, 3D Animation & VFX, Architecture & Design and Gaming.

The event is held in Turin, Italy from 6th to 9th November, and will include featured speakers from some of the biggest international names in these sectors including Pixar Animation and Electronic Arts.

In the meantime, please join us on Tuesday 9th October for a pre-event press conference, streamed live from Turin to Second Life, to find out the latest additions and details for View 2007.

Second Life URL.

Popularity: 3%

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Dr. Dobb’s Life 2.0 Summit

September 11th, 2007 | Category: Conferences, Summit

What: Dr. Dobb’s Life 2.0 Summit

When: September 15-21, 2007

Where: Dr Dobbs Island in Second Life

Description: The four-day (M, T, Th, Fr) program will include tracks on:

The Opensource Grid: Technical and business implications of open sourcing the Second Life server and scaling the existing grid. Sessions will cover the role of HPC, cluster-computing and backbone network architectures in the private and corporate grid, security, the scope of business opportunities around open source server, and other topics.

The Extended Metaverse: How will 3D environments like Second Life play with fast-growing Geospacial worlds like Google Earth, applications like Microsoft Virtual Earth, and other MMORPG, buildable-metaverse and flat-web platforms and communities?

Alternative Worlds/Virtual Workplaces: Sun’s MPK20, Forterra, Metaverse, Gaia, The Lounge, IBM Virtual Workplace and other platforms are providing a continuum of diverse options — flat web to 3d — for professional and business collaborators, application and asset creators. Learn from the platform-builders how these metaverse systems work, where they’re aimed, and how it’s all, ultimately, connected.

Second Life metrics and analytics: More sophisticated understanding of traffic, audience qualification and behavior are essential for earning long-term ROI on metaverse investments. This track covers current Metrics products, best-practice tips from users and developers, SL analytics for ROI, the controversial emerging field of ‘engagement metrics,’ privacy and anonymity, and more.

Register here.

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Call for Panel and Paper Proposals: IEEE International Professional Communication Conference 2008

September 07th, 2007 | Category: Conferences

Call for Panel and Paper Proposals: IEEE International Professional Communication Conference 2008 (IPCC 2008)

When: Conference Dates: July 13-16, 2008

Where: Concordia University, Montréal, Canada

Description: The information economy is based on the collection and the exchange of
data and ideas. We all either contribute to or use materials from the
information economy in most aspects of our everyday lives. As a
result, the information economy exists as an environment in which we
are all contributors and consumers. Within this system, effective
communication is essential to success, allowing individuals to
contribute ideas and information effectively and to make efficient use
of the goods and services. Few of us, however, understand all of the
nuances of the information economy or the communication factors that
affect its operations.

This conference seeks to examine or to “open” this economic model by
examining the connections between communication practices and the
products, practices, and services that constitute the information
economy. The objective of such an examination will be to help
attendees better understand and participate in the information economy
as both contributors and consumers.

The conference will take place on the campus of Concordia University
in Montréal, Canada and will consist of paper presentations and panel
discussions that focus on various communication, design, social, and
cultural aspects of the information economy.

Suggested topic areas include but are not limited to the following:

• Establishing and assessing the value of knowledge work and knowledge

• Information design, usability, and accessibility

• Virtual teams, online collaboration, and distributed models of work

• Cross-cultural communication, globalization, outsourcing,
translation, and localization

• Legal policies and social issues related to the information economy

• Media selection and multimodality

• The role of and perspectives on teaching and training within the
information economy

• Content management, open source software, single sourcing, and XML

Send 1-2 page (250-500 word) proposals to by

• 15 October 2007 (deadline for submissions to be considered for early

• 15 December 2007 (deadline for regular submissions)

For conference- or proposal-related questions contact:

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Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning

August 29th, 2007 | Category: Conferences

What: The Sloan-C International Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning

When: May 7-9, 2008

Where: Carefree Resort, Carefree, Arizona

Description: The Symposium is designed to bring together individuals interested in the technological aspects of online learning. Experts, intermediate users and novices are welcome to participate in Symposium activities that will include face-to-face and virtual components in Second Life. Symposium tracks will highlight and demonstrate research, application and best practices of important emerging technological tools for social networking, assessment, open educational resources, new media and support services.

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Second Life Web 3D Camp

August 20th, 2007 | Category: Conferences

What: Second Life Web 3D Camp

When: September 8th and 9th, 2007

Where: Corecon Convention Center

The web3Dcamp is an ad-hoc un-conference in second life. it follows the principles of a bar camp and wants to bring together residents from around the world to discuss and share ideas about the upcoming three dimensional web, virtual worlds … the metaverse et al.

My intention to organize this web3Dcamp in second life is to give residents the opportunity to do sessions and to attend a conference, who might not have the chance to speak on a real world virtual worlds conference or don’t want to travel long distances to join one. There are so many people around the metaverse, who do exciting projects and other stuff, that it makes me optimistic, that we get an weekend full of exciting sessions and participants.

Our web3Dcamp will take place on a two sim venue in second life, so that we can host more than 100 participants at the same time. more over the conference center has facilities to do 2 or even more tracks at the same time. We have in mind, that a worldwide un-conference like this, takes place in several time zones and we hope, that though our sign up process we can balance the traffic as good as possible. Source: Web3DCamp

Second Life Web 3D Camp

Second Life URL.

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Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo Fall

August 20th, 2007 | Category: Conferences

What: Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo Fall

When: October 10-11, 2007

Where: San Jose Convention Center, CA

Description: Virtual Worlds Fall is dedicated to helping businesses harness the power of virtual worlds to engage with their customers, partners and employees. The event follows the highly successful Virtual Worlds Spring Conference which took place in New York in March.

The conference has five primary tracks: Entertainment and Marketing; Virtual Worlds for the Enterprise; Business Strategy and Investment; Community and Customer Service; and Design and Development. Leading companies will be showcasing the latest technologies and services at the Virtual Worlds Expo.

Virtual Worlds Conference Fall - Hours
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Virtual Worlds Expo - Exhibits and Demos Hours
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Website URL

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CITASA Mini Conference 3.0 2007

August 12th, 2007 | Category: Conferences

CITASA Mini Conference 3.0 2007

When: Aug 12, 2007 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Sunday)

Where: University Project Second Life

Tags: Discussion GerriTrail Blazer Second Life University Project

Description: Communication and Information Technologies Section (CITASA) American Sociological Association CITASA Mini-Conference 3.0

“Web 2.0 and Beyond: The Sociological Significance of Virtual Worlds Supplanting Cyberspace”

At the GNWC Virtual Centre for Digital Media in Second Life University Project (192, 76, 25)

Join us for CITASA 3.0 this Sunday, August 12th 2pm (PDT/SLT). We have a great line up of presenters who will share their research and we will discuss what Web 2.0 - 3.0 means to us as Sociologists in the ICT field. Full program at:

Second Life URL.

Popularity: 2%

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Tools for Open Science

August 08th, 2007 | Category: Conferences, Discussion

From Jean-Claude Bradley at Useful Chemistry.

I propose to moderate a session on “Tools for Open Science” at noon EDT (9:00 PDT, 16:00 GMT) on August 20, 2007 for the convenience of our European and US West coast participants. In the spirit of SciFoo, this will be a discussion, not be a presentation, although we should feel free to use pages from our posters to facilitate communication.

I will also set up a thread on the Second Life section of Nature Networks for people to propose sessions.

Second Life URL.

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